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conceive as in:  conceive the idea

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  • She couldn’t conceive why he acted that way.
    conceive = understand
  • I was then given a battery of increasingly difficult aptitude tests intended to measure my knowledge and abilities in every area that might conceivably be of use to my new employer.   (source)
    conceivably = possibly
  • We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence.   (source)
    conceive = even begin to understand
  • "I can't conceive of a man who'd—"   (source)
    conceive = imagine
  • "Unthinkable! Inconceivable! Absurd! He could never be made into marshmallows!"   (source)
    inconceivable = so totally unlikely it is hard to imagine it could be so
  • And again George Hadley was filled with admiration for the mechanical genius who had conceived this room.   (source)
    conceived = originated the idea of
  • Geir might conceivably have some responsibility for this last member of the house it had taken over.†   (source)
    conceivably = believable or understandable
  • Therefore Marilla conceived it to be her duty to drill Anne into a tranquil uniformity of disposition as impossible and alien to her as to a dancing sunbeam in one of the brook shallows.   (source)
    conceived = imagined
  • They try to stagger them throughout the day so a person could conceivably watch the whole thing live, but only people in the Capitol could really do that, since none of them have to attend reapings themselves.†   (source)
  • The next few months were a blur of tests on Soraya: Basal body temperatures, blood tests for every conceivable hormone, urine tests, something called a "Cervical Mucus Test," ultrasounds, more blood tests, and more urine tests.†   (source)
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  • In the past eighteen months, my mets have hardly grown, leaving me with lungs that suck at being lungs but could, conceivably, struggle along indefinitely with the assistance of drizzled oxygen and daily Phalanxifor.†   (source)
  • As strong as the current was running, it would have certainly knocked him off his feet, but by dogpaddling and hopping along the bottom as he drifted downstream, he could conceivably have made it across before being carried into the gorge or succumbing to hypothermia.†   (source)
  • Within a few days of the crash, Louie began peppering the other two with questions on every conceivable subject.†   (source)
  • Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness — and promised answers — he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?†   (source)
  • Another life was inconceivable.†   (source)
  • Having initially struggled to get anyone of influence on the phone, in April the American began securing face-to-face meetings with senior bureaucrats in every conceivable branch of government.†   (source)
  • It was an objectively terrible opinion—my friends from the Marine Corps spanned the political spectrum and held nearly every conceivable opinion about the war.†   (source)
  • It was inconceivable that the Tsimtsum should sink without eliciting a peep of concern.†   (source)
  • We argued in court that, relative to that of adults, young teenage judgment is handicapped in nearly every conceivable way: Young adolescents lack life experience and background knowledge to inform their choices; they struggle to generate options and to imagine consequences; and, perhaps for good reason, they lack the necessary self-confidence to make reasoned judgments and stick by them.†   (source)
  • It is inconceivable that he would bring you into the inner circle.†   (source)
  • We've had teams run every conceivable scenario.†   (source)
  • There were meetings of every conceivable department—R&D, search, social, outreach, professional networking, philanthropic, ad sales, and with a plummeting of her stomach, Mae saw that she'd missed a meeting, deemed "pretty much mandatory" for all newbies.†   (source)
  • That would not be necessary, Dan Needham was sure; but that Owen was supported by such a boob as Mr. Early was conceivably worse than no defense at all.†   (source)
  • Leper Lepellier is already seventeen, and if I'm not mistaken he will be draftable before the end of this next academic year, and so conceivably he ought to have been in the class ahead, he ought to have been a senior now, if you see what I mean, so that he would have been graduated and been all set to be drafted.†   (source)
  • Communicating the letter and its word, even spelling it out backward for him, was inconceivable.†   (source)
  • I glance back into the kitchen at the inconceivable mess I've made.†   (source)
  • After dinner she goes to their bedroom, from where she could conceivably hear me as I sneak along the hall, although I take care to be very quiet.†   (source)
  • You should really see it.... Is it even remotely, conceivably possible he was sending me a message?†   (source)
  • There was only one other rock up there that they might conceivably move; but that was half as big as a cottage, big as a car, a tank.†   (source)
  • In the old days, it was inconceivable she'd have let something like that happen without striking back.†   (source)
  • Several times too—drifting uneasily between dreaming and sleep— I sat up suddenly in bed at the sound of her voice speaking clearly in my head, remarks she might conceivably have made at some point but that I didn't actually remember, things like Throw me an apple, would you?†   (source)
  • Certainly if Ender made a fuss about it, interfering with free play could conceivably get Bonzo removed from command.†   (source)
  • I can imagine Mother dying someday, but Daddy's death seems inconceivable.†   (source)
  • She was even prepared to believe that Neil Armstrong might conceivably even be some absurd kind of name.†   (source)
  • Terman ran through every conceivable explanation.†   (source)
  • "Conceivably," Shirley said.†   (source)
  • Inconceivable.†   (source)
  • The idea was inconceivable to her.†   (source)
  • A man who is vulnerable, who has suffered in an inconceivable way.†   (source)
  • I could conceivably transcribe a language I don't even understand.†   (source)
  • It is almost inconceivable that the scattered seedship colony of four centuries ago could have supported a large enough congregation to warrant the presence of a bishop, much less a cathedral.†   (source)
  • One scientist estimates that if you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons—an inconceivable number, given that an individual cell weighs almost nothing.†   (source)
  • It is 'nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions, which succeed one another with an inconceivable rapidity, and are in a perpetual flux and movement,' as Hume expressed it.†   (source)
  • To me it was inconceivable.†   (source)
  • I would look around at the bare little cell and wonder what conceivable victory could come from a place like this.†   (source)
  • This does not even take into account the occasional use of bathroom tissue for unpredictable/creative purposes such as applying/removing cosmetics, beverage-spill management, etc For this reason, rather than trying to package bathroom tissue in small onetransaction packets (as is done with premoistened towelettes, for example), which can be wasteful in some cases and limiting in other cases, it has been traditional to package this product in bulk distribution units whose size exceeds the maximum amount of squares that an individual could conceivably use in a single transaction (barring force majeure).†   (source)
  • It's conceivable you could recapture him and put him back, thus postponing Doomsday.†   (source)
  • Dinosaurs and humans living together at the same time was simply inconceivable.†   (source)
  • It was inconceivable, to both of us.†   (source)
  • When I open my door and look out, I see a thousand little plank-and-cardboard houses floating at every conceivable tilt on an endless ocean of dust.†   (source)
  • But it was not long before we began to hear of an outfit called al Qaeda in Iraq, a malicious terrorist group trying to cause mayhem at every conceivable opportunity, led by the deranged Jordanian killer Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (now deceased).†   (source)
  • Burnham tried to anticipate every conceivable threat to the fair.†   (source)
  • It was inconceivable—and all too conceivable.†   (source)
  • I could not conceivably satisfy him.†   (source)
  • For a full day they ask every conceivable kind of question.†   (source)
  • Ursula never forgave what she considered an inconceivable lack of respect and when they came back from church she forbade the newlyweds to set foot in the house again.†   (source)
  • For them the answer to that question was beyond the conceivable.†   (source)
  • It seemed inconceivable until Roran considered how he himself had changed in the past few weeks.†   (source)
  • Is there a philosophy of indifference conceivable?†   (source)
  • It was useless for Nfvea to attempt to convince her that the wealth of mines lay in rocks, because to Rosa it was inconceivable that Esteban Trueba would spend years piling up boulders in the hope that by subjecting them to God only knew what wicked incinerating processes, they would eventually spit out a gram of gold.†   (source)
  • It would be inconceivable.†   (source)
  • These snakes don't know you find death inconceivable.†   (source)
  • What he didn't realize—what he couldn't see because it was almost inconceivable—was that the entire spleen had become a solid clot of blood.†   (source)
  • A decade ago, the idea of an organic garden at the White House would have seemed inconceivable.†   (source)
  • Toby was perfect in every conceivable way.†   (source)
  • She knew she couldn't predict the future, and yet she was struck with the sudden certainty that leaving this new existence behind was inconceivable.†   (source)
  • The amount of space was almost inconceivable, and Clarke suddenly felt light-headed, as if she were about to float away.†   (source)
  • Such a sum was so unheard-of, so shocking, that it was inconceivable that a lowly black housekeeper should walk away with it.†   (source)
  • The legend of our birth is this: identical twins born of a nun who died in childbirth, father unknown, possibly yet inconceivably Thomas Stone.†   (source)
  • And the radio, too-assuming that it was they who had stolen it, which was something Dewey still hesitated to do, for it appeared to him "ludicrously inconsistent" with the magnitude of the crime and the manifest cunning of the criminals, and "inconceivable" that these men had entered a house expecting to find a money-filled safe, and then, not finding it, had thought it expedient to slaughter the family for perhaps a few dollars and a small portable radio.†   (source)
  • Since I'm better than you in every other conceivable way, it did stand to reason.†   (source)
  • All I can think is that his ignorance was inconceivable to me.†   (source)
  • Five hundred Japanese families lived there then, and FBI deputies had been questioning everyone, ransacking houses for anything that could conceivably be used for signaling planes or ships or that indicated loyalty to the Emperor.†   (source)
  • "Ah, yes," he said, "they should be here now—yes, just about now—surrounding the building, covering every conceivable point of exit, including the roof.†   (source)
  • The impact was inconceivable.†   (source)
  • "Inconceivable," said Haldon Halfmaester.†   (source)
  • Drays, express wagons, trucks, and conveyances of every conceivable species and size crowded across in indiscriminate haste.†   (source)
  • For over a week every air crew at the base loaded jets with every conceivable piece of support equipment.†   (source)
  • That is, the drugs were too expensive for Haitians to buy for themselves in any conceivable future.†   (source)
  • Many regiments have been obliged to eat their provisions raw for want of firing to cook, and notwithstanding we have burned up all the fences and cut down all the trees for a mile around the camp, our suffering has been inconceivable....We have never been so weak as we shall be tomorrow.†   (source)
  • It seemed inconceivable then that the war could last that long, for God was on his side, he had been told, and God, he had also been told, could do whatever He wanted to.†   (source)
  • He saw warily that his bodyguard, whose bulk had always been enough to ward off any conceivable danger, had an AK-47 in his hands.†   (source)
  • They were armed with guns of every conceivable size and design.†   (source)
  • Every conceivable detail had been excruciatingly planned and then planned again.†   (source)
  • Public force is the life and soul of every state: not merely army and police but prisons, judges, tax collectors, every conceivable trick of coercive repression.†   (source)
  • He flattered me in every conceivable way.†   (source)
  • Conceivably with your own knowledge.†   (source)
  • It is inconceivable.†   (source)
  • A moan bubbles into my mouth, from I don't know where— some inconceivable place where pleasure and joy are one.†   (source)
  • Even when his experimental work seemed dead-end in every conceivable way, he knew that if he just sat down and muddled about it long enough, sure enough, another hypothesis would come along.†   (source)
  • I will see things as inconceivable to me today as a moon shot was to my grandfather when he was sixteen, or the Internet to my father when he was sixteen.†   (source)
  • Inconceivable, isn't it?†   (source)
  • Mike was always showing unforeseen potentials; conceivable he could figure way to get around block—if he wanted to.†   (source)
  • Monterrey Industrial achieved the inconceivable.†   (source)
  • After many years I had meticulously regurgitated the ten degrees of holy blessed sap, and mixed it in every conceivable formulation.†   (source)
  • Well, so, from day one, we've had the funds to try to keep track of all promising research in every discipline, worldwide, that could conceivably lead to the epiphany we expect.†   (source)
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conceive as in:  conceived their first child

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  • I conceived via artificial insemination.
    conceived = became pregnant
  • O hateful Error, Melancholy's child!
    Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
    The things that are not? O Error, soon conceived,
    Thou never comest unto a happy birth,
    But kill'st the mother that engendered thee!   (source)
    conceived = created (figuratively by birth)
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  • I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them are conceived the night of Big D's party.†   (source)
  • I had begun to conceive of what my education might cost me, and I had begun to resent it.†   (source)
  • "Never underrate
    the heart,
    Capable of deeds
    The mind cannot conceive.†   (source)
  • Personally, I think that was the moment he conceived the next body of work for his sketchbook.†   (source)
  • Whatever vague plan I had conceived regarding returning to my pond is wiped from my mind as I zigzag and dive and leap to avoid the fireballs.†   (source)
  • That Hassan would grow up illiterate like Ali and most Hazaras had been decided the minute he had been born, perhaps even the moment he had been conceived in Sanaubar's unwelcoming womb—after all, what use did a servant have for the written word?†   (source)
  • First of all, they are no longer called unwinding facilities, as they were when they were first conceived.†   (source)
  • What Everett Ruess was after was beauty, and he conceived beauty in pretty romantic terms.†   (source)
  • He could conceive of no other way to save himself.†   (source)
  • I suppose one cannot conceive of such devotion in man or animal until one has seen it with one's own eyes.†   (source)
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  • Almost as soon as we married, Luke had been conceived—an accident.†   (source)
  • While at the other extreme: Can you conceive of a work greater in scope than War and Peace?†   (source)
  • The doctors could find no explanation for our inability to conceive.†   (source)
  • They're worried, but they can't conceive of doing anything that will demand a sacrifice, so they pretend it isn't really so bad.†   (source)
  • I could remotely conceive surprising him once, for an instant, the way his mother had been when she was captured—but, to surprise him long enough to give him six consecutive injections'?†   (source)
  • We won her freedom after establishing that she had had a tubal ligation five years prior to her arrest, which made it biologically impossible for her to conceive, let alone give birth to, a child.†   (source)
  • The men poured gasoline on them and burned them alive, having no remedy for evil but only for the image of it as they conceived it to be.†   (source)
  • They claim the Grail legend—that of a chalice—is actually an ingeniously conceived allegory.†   (source)
  • He gave advice, cool, sensible, and unfailingly correct; he knew more than the graveyard folk did, for his nightly excursions into the world outside meant that he was able to describe a world that was current, not hundreds of years out of date; he was unflappable and dependable, had been there every night of Bod's life, so the idea of the little chapel without its only inhabitant was one that Bod found difficult to conceive of most of all, he made Bod feel safe.†   (source)
  • My master conceived a plan, based upon the information Bertha had given him.†   (source)
  • We conceived Hot Seat together and convinced the faculty to let us do it.†   (source)
  • "I'm still quite a young woman, you know," she said finally, "though I realize that that's difficult for you children to conceive.†   (source)
  • Who could have conceived of it?†   (source)
  • One theory is that they reverse-aged themselves to a time before even their souls had been conceived, which is why we call them hollowgast—because their hearts, their souls, are empty.†   (source)
  • She made good grades, conceived large ambitions, and went off as we had planned, no farmwife, or even a farmer, but something brighter and sharper and more promising.†   (source)
  • Could she have conceived of the solution to a thousand-year-old problem?†   (source)
  • The Palaces had been conceived as humane options—refuges for the infected until they reached a point where the madness took over.†   (source)
  • As abruptly as they had conceived of this game, my cousins announced that the game was over.†   (source)
  • Duff, conceived in impulse and error, had given her mother a chance to go to college and me the chance to break out of Flushing.†   (source)
  • I can't conceive of anyone low-down enough to do a thing like this, but I hope you found him.†   (source)
  • Could it be that Lord Renly, who looked so like a young Robert, had conceived a passion for a girl he fancied to be a young Lyanna?†   (source)
  • The last time Alex's body had taken over, had done what her mind told her not to do, she had conceived this baby.†   (source)
  • And now when we were served chicken livers for dinner I couldn't help conceiving a mental picture of President Roosevelt and my father and Finny's father and numbers of other large old men sitting down to porterhouse steak in some elaborate but secluded men's secret society room.†   (source)
  • If I ever get out of this lot ....They could never be counted, the dreamed-up children, mentally conceived on the walk into Dunkirk, and later made flesh.†   (source)
  • I brushed my hair ninety-nine times a night to bring luck to our marital bed, in hopes of conceiving a son.†   (source)
  • No woman in her right mind, these days, would seek to prevent a birth, should she be so lucky as to conceive.†   (source)
  • Conceived.†   (source)
  • Ten million years, Earthman, can you conceive of that kind of time span?†   (source)
  • Coming into Salem now, Reverend Hale conceives of himself much as a young doctor on his first call.†   (source)
  • For the two of you, the choice was made when Ender was conceived.†   (source)
  • Alas, sorrow was conceived that day.†   (source)
  • He thought that Danny used the word quite sincerely, and Gary Benson as originally conceived had too, but as he had begun Act V, it had come more and more strongly to him that Gary was using the word satirically, outwardly straight-faced while the Gary Benson inside was mugging and leering at Denker.†   (source)
  • Later, the prophet Nathan came to David and said, basically, "Look, God knows what you did, and here are the consequences of your sin: the child that you and Bathsheba have conceived will not live.†   (source)
  • Sarai was twenty-seven when the child was conceived, Sol was twenty-nine.†   (source)
  • In my case, though I didn't know how to write or paint, I had a great need to conceive and imagine, so compelling, so encompassing, I had to do it even when I knew my works would be subject to ridicule, would be called stupid and naive.†   (source)
  • He knows every person ever conceived, and he knows them so much deeper and clearer than you will ever know your own children.†   (source)
  • We were both convinced conceiving was going to be no easy task.†   (source)
  • Carter envisions a film production of A Midsummer Night's Dream more disastrously hilarious than anything the "rude mechanicals" of the original could conceive of, the results recalling the real-life all-male film version from the 1930s.†   (source)
  • You MAY CONCEIVE HOW IT LOOK'D.†   (source)
  • So you cannot say the world is red even though you conceive it as being so.†   (source)
  • And she conceived the idea of a soldiers' center.†   (source)
  • When I originally conceived the idea for The Alchemyst, I thought the hero would be Dr. John Dee.†   (source)
  • Amaat conceived of light, and conceiving of light also necessarily conceived of not-light, and light and darkness sprang forth.†   (source)
  • In the drawer of her bedside table were a half-full packet of birth control pills, last consumed three months ago, when she and her husband were still trying not to conceive, passports, checkbooks, receipts, coins, keys, a pair of handcuffs, and a few paper-wrapped sticks of unchewed chewing gum.†   (source)
  • Or something else the police haven't yet conceived of?†   (source)
  • Of course, the idiot never told us of his plans, and he probably couldn't conceive our capability to see him with night vision.†   (source)
  • It was as if I had just heard Jesus had slapped a baby or Our Blessed Mother had not conceived Him the immaculate conception way.†   (source)
  • Even when they conceive their children, I think they're praying.†   (source)
  • There had been skepticism that a mere woman would be able to conceive such an important building on her own.†   (source)
  • He wanted a disheveled Beethoven lost in thought as he conceived the Ninth Symphony while walking through the woods, hands behind his back holding hat and cane.†   (source)
  • It was of course highly unlikely that anyone would meet the mayor's freshly conceived criteria.†   (source)
  • Afraid of fleeing alone, I would not conceive of risking it with Claudia.†   (source)
  • For weeks I pounded my mother with every possible argument my mind could conceive, trying to find some way to get her to make Daddy come back home.†   (source)
  • It was impossible to conceive of a man more like his mother.†   (source)
  • I conceived out of instinct and not out of obedience.†   (source)
  • He couldn't conceive of the idea that maybe we'd just want to stay together and be happy with each other.†   (source)
  • We cannot conceive that a piece of paper folded over 50 times could reach the sun.†   (source)
  • He could conceive of no immediate use for it, but then you can never tell what you might need in the future.†   (source)
  • Conceived without sin.†   (source)
  • "Of course," Domingo interrupted, "the balance of the sword is wrong for you because every balance has been conceived of for five.†   (source)
  • But not before Stephanie Rose was conceived, a star-hung night in Barbados.†   (source)
  • Nor could they possibly, at their most extended, have conceived of the people he, in the privacy of night, became: his mother's friends, or his mother —his mother as he conceived her to have been when she was young, his mother's friends as his mother was now; the heroines and heroes of the novels he read, and the movies he saw; or people he simply put together out of his fantasies and the available rags.†   (source)
  • David thought how strange it was that he should be here, lying once again in this place where he'd been conceived and born and mostly raised, how strange that his own family should have disappeared so completely and that this girl, so young and tough and so clearly lost, should have tied him to the bed.†   (source)
  • Gene Johnson conceived the idea and gathered the equipment and found the money to pay for it.†   (source)
  • It was not an ill-conceived plan, and I told Eddie he should smuggle out the suggestion to Oliver in Lusaka.†   (source)
  • They were anything but describable, having been conceived, manufactured, shipped, and sold in various states of thoughtlessness, greed, and indifference.†   (source)
  • Because Mom conceived three months earlier than she should have.†   (source)
  • Matron carried her through the rest of the psalm in Latin, serving as her voice box while Sister Mary Joseph Praise's lips moved: "....Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me ....Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow ...."†   (source)
  • And of course her voice was deep and slightly scratchy like every seductive villainess ever conceived by Hollywood.†   (source)
  • Kenyon doubted it; he could not conceive of ever wanting to waste an hour on any girl that might be spent with guns, horses, tools, machinery, even a book.†   (source)
  • I drive slowly, lost in thoughts of Hunter, hopefully sleeping soundly; of the things that led up to having him; of what life would be like if he had never been conceived.†   (source)
  • This baby, conceived in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, holds special significance.†   (source)
  • And so in a damp, smoke-filled room, Brewster Place was conceived.†   (source)
  • He had lost the Mouse, an unforgivable thing, and all because he thought he had conceived a good plan for watching Lorena.†   (source)
  • If a woman repeatedly failed to conceive, she was forced to pay a steep "celibacy tax."†   (source)
  • He had always feared that Salander would end up in hot water sooner or later, but he could not conceive of her being mixed up in a double murder in Enskede—as the killer or in any other way.†   (source)
  • It is hard to conceive of any relationship between two adults in America being less equal than that of prisoner and prison guard.†   (source)
  • Why yes—so one would conceive.†   (source)
  • This was how I conceived my story—unsugarcoated, though still with a happily ever after.†   (source)
  • You have a chance at greatness you cannot conceive.†   (source)
  • The Koran made it clear that although miraculously conceived, and a great prophet, Jesus was not the Son of God.†   (source)
  • With Mike, I went into a prison to write about the ill-conceived design plan that made it a house of glass, that allowed prison employees to be trapped, stabbed, raped.†   (source)
  • Farmer was learning about the great importance of water to public health, and he was conceiving a great fondness for technology in general, also scorn for "the Luddite trap."†   (source)
  • You cannot conceive what encouragement this immediately gave me.†   (source)
  • The colonel abandoned his project with remorse, for he had conceived it entirely on his own and had hoped to unveil it as a striking demonstration to everyone that he had no real need for Colonel Korn.†   (source)
  • All that he saw was shapely, but the shapes seemed at once clear cut, as if they had been first conceived and drawn at the uncovering of his eyes, and ancient as if they had endured for ever.†   (source)
  • Without traveling through the Indus Gorge, one cannot conceive of its drama.†   (source)
  • On his furlough in the booming citrus country, Harlon did some things that Belle and Ed and his friends would never have conceived.†   (source)
  • It's hard to conceive of such evil," I say, wrapping my arms around her.†   (source)
  • In 1920, the memorably named Philo T. Farnsworth conceived the cathode ray vacuum tube used in most all twentieth-century TV sets.†   (source)
  • Nemo and I built the device based on designs conceived by Leonardo Da Vinci, and my first journey 'out' was when I met Aven's mother, Weena.†   (source)
  • How could we conceive of deep love, friendship, and everlasting commitment when we were only seven?†   (source)
  • I had not conceived that the sickness already had undone so many.†   (source)
  • How could they, when being conceived at the same time in the same womb had done nothing to bind us together?†   (source)
  • "Brilliantly conceived," said Jason, remembering.†   (source)
  • No matter how ill-conceived and sexist that parade might be.†   (source)
  • Their absence was heartbreaking, as though Bob could not conceive why anyone would want to visit.†   (source)
  • It was exhausting, for no matter what the scheme I conceived, there was one constant flaw-myself.†   (source)
  • No one can undertake what he does tonight without the deepest protection the mind can conceive.†   (source)
  • She'd flown through thin clouds over a vastness almost impossible to conceive after the skyscrapers and traffic of Los Angeles.†   (source)
  • Any intellectually conceived object is always in the past and therefore unreal.†   (source)
  • I had figured out long time ago that my mother must have been conceived under the brush arbor — and I blushed to think about that now.†   (source)
  • My interests have expanded from local conditions and needs to a world horizon, where peace on earth may be achieved when children are wanted before they are conceived.†   (source)
  • And then I understood the nature of the looter-in-spirit, a thing I had never been able to conceive.†   (source)
  • All those women deciding for themselves if and when they want to conceive, how many children they want.†   (source)
  • We could not house, feed, and train even a million new chums each year—and a million wasn't a drop on Terra; more babies than that were conceived every night.†   (source)
  • He owes no one, and he can't conceive of being owed something.†   (source)
  • 'The child was conceived out of wedlock,' he said, 'but the child's father was supposed to have been killed in the war.†   (source)
  • None of them was conceived in love, and none entered the world through a woman's womb.†   (source)
  • MARTHA: And I've told you a million times, baby ....I wouldn't conceive with anyone but you ....you know that, baby.†   (source)
  • Celia half drags her son to her bed, the bed in which he was conceived, and for three days he sleeps wrapped in blankets and his father's frayed pajamas.†   (source)
  • He wanted to laugh at the station man who did not even know that his existence and the existence of all white people had been conceived by witchery.†   (source)
  • It seemed to be the only singles institution not yet conceived of.†   (source)
  • Most of the events in the erotic literature of Asia, one suspects, must take place in the mountains, for sex is almost impossible in Colombo except in the early morning hours, and very few have been conceived during this month for the last hundred years.†   (source)
  • When we go back to Searcy, Arkansas, where the Harding campus is, my dad loves to point out where I was conceived, in a trailer between a meatpacking plant and a graveyard.†   (source)
  • A tax system administered by the federal government was conceived.†   (source)
  • It is about whether we, as a people, as nations that were both conceived in liberty, will continue to cherish that concept.†   (source)
  • Seymour and I thought it might be a good thing to hold back this light from you and Franny (at least as far as we were able), and all the many lower, more fashionable lighting effects—the arts, sciences, classics, languages—till you were both able at least to conceive of a state of being where the mind knows the source of all light.†   (source)
  • DRUMMOND In other words, these folks were conceived and brought forth through the normal biological function known as sex.†   (source)
  • After Junior learned how a man could feel about his children, he had conceived a deep and permanent anger toward his father.†   (source)
  • It was in his class, which met on Monday evenings, that Stephen and his young followers decided there was a real spiritual world, so the first stage of the Farm was conceived.†   (source)
  • Somewhere, there was an operational mastermind, a man who had conceived the attack, recruited the operatives, and guided them skillfully to their target.†   (source)
  • Very early I conceived a love for Joseph Addison which I have never lost.†   (source)
  • One can scarcely conceive the full horror of it unless one is a parent who takes a close look at his children and then asks himself how he would feel if a group of men should come to his door and tell him they had decided—for reasons of convenience to them—that his children's lives would henceforth be restricted, their world smaller, their educational opportunities less, their future mutilated.†   (source)
  • I find that rather difficult to conceive.†   (source)
  • I could not conceive that the place on Pierrepont Street actually corresponded to the number that she had given me.†   (source)
  • She conceived quickly.†   (source)
  • That some Elephants have not only written whole sentences, as Æilan ocularly testifieth, but have also spoken, as Oppianus delivereth, and Christophorus à Costa particularly relateth (although it sound like that of Achilles' Horse in Homer), we do not conceive impossible.†   (source)
  • Living had got to be such a habit with him that he couldn't conceive of any other condition.†   (source)
  • She thought Ted Stone was hot porridge, and that Ezra Bennington was conceived without original sin.†   (source)
  • Can you conceive of such misfortune!†   (source)
  • They could not conceive of what was being done to their mother, but in his own way each was sure that it was something evil, to which she was submitting almost without a struggle, and by which she was deceived.†   (source)
  • Within its border of hedge, high like a wall, and visible only from the upstairs windows of the neighbors, this slanting, tangled garden, more and more overabundant and confusing, must have become so familiar to Mrs. Larkin that quite possibly by now she was unable to conceive of any other place.†   (source)
  • But, standing erect, his chin thrust forward, picturesque if not eccentric in his military cloak and pantherskin waistcoat (at times he appeared in a vast sombrero and Mexican blanket), Sam Houston, the "magnificent barbarian," made one of his rare speeches to a weary but attentive Senate: This is an eminently perilous measure; and do you expect me to remain here silent, or to shrink from the discharge of my duty in admonishing the South of what I conceive the results will be?†   (source)
  • — 10 Conceive of a camera with a lens distorted into wild astigmatism so that it can only photograph the same picture over and over—the scene that twisted it into shock.†   (source)
  • How could we know that a human was able conceive a child with one of us—†   (source)
  • It was not the way she had conceived it.†   (source)
  • And recently ....he conceived of a way to do that.†   (source)
  • At his touch, Laila remembered the frenzy of that afternoon again when they'd conceived Aziza.†   (source)
  • It is as impossible for most men to conceive of a morality without sin as of an earth without "sky."†   (source)
  • If so, the baby was conceived out of wedlock.†   (source)
  • "She just conceived a child—like the Christ Child," said Mr. Meany.†   (source)
  • Conceived so, and carried by this newborn while she was still human.†   (source)
  • We figured if we conceived anytime in the next year, the timing would be about right.†   (source)
  • I couldn't conceive of leaving it forever.†   (source)
  • Every degradation of the spirit that can be conceived.†   (source)
  • He could not conceive of a better occasion.†   (source)
  • It was around that time that he conceived the idea of establishing an airmail service.†   (source)
  • She could not have conceived of a more desolate cortege.†   (source)
  • And then I conceived of everything too clearly.†   (source)
  • She conceived, carried, and gave birth to Renesmee while she was still human.†   (source)
  • And I'm not sure I could trust the person who conceived this plan," Kynes said.†   (source)
  • It was then that I conceived of my own egotism.†   (source)
  • This is the only true punishment I can conceive for him.†   (source)
  • Dany had only been conceived when Aegon and his sister were murdered.†   (source)
  • The trap was conceived that night, set that night.†   (source)
  • There was much rejoicing when they were conceived twelve years ago .†   (source)
  • There are illnesses a girl can have in childhood that leave her unable to conceive.†   (source)
  • The lesson was perfectly conceived classical conditioning.†   (source)
  • She liked to think that was the night when Joffrey was conceived.†   (source)
  • But was this hideous thing conceived, or was it created?†   (source)
  • Conceived in mistrust, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created evil.†   (source)
  • It was a painting of Ruth—a child's painting, crudely conceived.†   (source)
  • The ultimate logic that Bourne conceived as a theory.†   (source)
  • It was Ian Redmond who conceived the interesting idea that Kitum Cave was carved by elephants.†   (source)
  • This was hardly the goal in the mind of the Chicago school officials who conceived the lottery.†   (source)
  • There's also a place where the strategy was, conceived, where the decoy was created.†   (source)
  • In any event, it was not many months later that my wife conceived, unexpectedly.†   (source)
  • All revolutions believe they are conceived in purity, the purity of the cause is everything.†   (source)
  • ....To bring you down to things you can't conceive-and to know that it's I who have done it.†   (source)
  • But it is a mistake to think of Sesame Street as a project conceived in a flash of insight.†   (source)
  • You were conceived just before your mother set forth upon her last mission.†   (source)
  • The fury let loose was impossible to conceive, wrote a British midshipman.†   (source)
  • Before I knew of him, I had never even conceived of someone like him.†   (source)
  • there's that word "conceive" again, appropriate as ever!†   (source)
  • And it is this identity that modern, dualistically conceived technology lacks.†   (source)
  • Adam Smith was outdone and outdated; he could never have conceived of such a world.†   (source)
  • He dismissed the impression, because he could not conceive of it as possible.†   (source)
  • I wince, unable to conceive of the awful things they did to her during her days in captivity.†   (source)
  • Let them ask all the questions they like-they cannot conceive of the truth (ah!†   (source)
  • They are incapable of conceiving of such a thing as abstract science.†   (source)
  • He conceived a shame for his scar; he hated his scar.†   (source)
  • Let us remember that we are born in sin, in sin did our mothers conceive us?†   (source)
  • She has not borne in her first blooming, who can say she will conceive later?†   (source)
  • Had Royal, his son, been conceived that night?†   (source)
  • It seems to me that too many of us conceive of a life as ending in defeat.†   (source)
  • He had thought then of Adam as a man of such honesty that he couldn't conceive anything else.†   (source)
  • She may be as I was, she may yet conceive.†   (source)
  • A baby is no worse for being conceived in an encounter.†   (source)
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